SSE has written to the Government about its plans for the future of Standard Variable Tariffs.
Commenting on the proposals, Claire Osborne, energy expert at uSwitch.com, says: “It’s significant that four of the big six suppliers have now announced moves to reduce the number of their customers on Standard Variable Tariffs. The message is finally getting through that energy companies cannot just leave households to languish on these poor value deals.
“But this is only one part of the story. Suppliers should be reaching out to all customers – whether coming to the end of a fixed deal or already on an SVT – so they are aware they can shop around for a better deal rather than being rolled onto the first plan they are offered. Otherwise competition will not be working effectively in the market.”
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Customers can sign up to an account that automatically monitors the energy market and notifies them when they can move to a cheaper tariff, while broadband customers can conduct a speed test to find out how fast their broadband is and identify the best deal for their postcode.
The multi award-winning 'Switching Made Simple' app allows customers to compare energy, broadband, credit card, mobile and SIM-only deals – and uSwitch also has a UK contact centre manned by energy and broadband experts. Customers can post their latest energy bills to FREEPOST USWITCH to receive a free call back and be guided through the comparison process, or they can email firstname.lastname@example.org with their postcode and usage details.
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